Welcome to New Heights
We Specialize in the Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and Related Disorders
New Heights is a specialized OCD Clinic with locations in North Vancouver and Vancouver.
Our journey started in 2013 when our Founder, Brendon Boire, developed and delivered the first OCD Treatment Group for clients at a mental health outpatient program. This group was developed as a result of an extreme shortage of clinicians – both in the public mental health system and privately – trained to work in the area of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This program was met with great success and further highlighted the need for ongoing services. New Heights was launched with this in mind; that a specialty was needed to address the lack of services for OCD sufferers within the context of growing demands. We are proud to say that New Heights has grown into a Team of highly qualified OCD Specialists
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Why choose us
At New Heights OCD & Anxiety we bring years of experience and expertise.
At New Heights, OCD Division, our practice is focused exclusively on the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As such, you receive the specialized treatment that you deserve and need. Our clinicians are caring, compassionate and committed to maintaining the highest of ethical and professional standards. Many of our clinicians have worked in outpatient mental health departments, and as such are well versed in recognizing and managing comorbid conditions that often accompany OCD. Our clinicians have varied backgrounds including clinical counselling and occupational therapy, and receive ongoing supervision and training to ensure optimal treatment. All of our clinicians are professional members of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).
At New Heights, we recognize the importance of working with families. When indicated, and with your consent, we invite family members or family members to join in a session. Through education, we can help to increase compassion and address some of the frustrations that often arise. The end result is that everyone ‘speaks the same language” while you are supported in your treatment.
Our professional team
Meet our Team of Professional OCD Therapists
We think it’s really important that clinicians have a mixture of clinical skill and human
qualities so you can place your trust in them.
Brendon Bore, MA, RCC
I am passionate about working in the area of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, as I find it to be a fascinating condition. At the same time, I also see the suffering that it causes. For this reason, I have always maintained that OCD deserves its own specialty…and this has motivated me to expand the clinic and to help mentor other clinicians.
I also have over 20 years of experience working in various outpatient mental health departments. I am well versed in DBT, CBT, ERP and ACT among other treatment approaches. My interest in OCD started over 10 years ago when I recognised the lack of resources for OCD treatment along with a strong need in the community.
I am a longstanding member of the International OCD Foundation through which I completed the BTTI Certificate in Florida. I have also engaged in numerous other OCD training opportunities.
Brad Isbister, MA, RCC
It’s a privilege to work exclusively with clients presenting with OCD and related symptoms. My journey began as a young child – grappling with multiple OCD subtypes. I felt different and alone. Reaching out for support helped foster a healthy blend of connectedness and uniqueness. I bring this perspective, complemented by professional learning, peer consultation, and witnessing the dedication of Clients.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with advanced training in Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) from the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also a proud and active member of the International OCD Foundation. It’s an honour to be part of your journey to being empowered with choice, freedom, and peace.
Holly Parsons, MOC
Occupational Therapist, OCD Therapist
It can be challenging to find a therapist who specializes in treating OCD and anxiety-related disorders. With over nine years of experience as a therapist in public mental health settings, both inpatient psychiatry and outpatient community settings, I have extensive clinical experience treating OCD, anxiety, and depression.
I am a registered Occupational Therapist with advanced training in Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) from the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. I also completed the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) certificate – an intensive OCD program.
ERP is a form of CBT that is the gold standard in the treatment of OCD. ERP therapy can be challenging. My approach is non-judgmental, compassionate, and practical. I also have experience with other therapeutic modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), behavioral activation (BA), and Mindful Self-Compassion.
As a registered OT with the BC College of Occupational Therapists, I am approved to provide virtual sessions to residents of BC and Ontario.
Maggie Milsom, M.Ed, RCC
Maggie Milsom is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She holds a Master of Education in counselling psychology specializing in vocational rehabilitation. She also has advanced training in Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) from the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the International OCD Foundation.
Maggie has worked with various individuals (youth and adults) struggling with challenges ranging from depression, OCD, anxiety, panic attacks, substance abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and anger management. She has worked collaboratively with families at Moving Family Forward counselling services and various entities such as the police department and Crawford Manor- a stabilization home for young males who have current or recent mild to moderate substance abuse. Maggie also has experience working with the First Nations community – spearheading an anger-management group at the John Howard Society that incorporated culturally relevant practices. Maggie has a general background in providing vocational assessments and rehabilitation.
Maggie primarily utilizes a Rogerian approach in her counseling – encouraging a collaborative effort between client and clinician. She also has experience in Gestalt therapy (role play), cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and Freudian psychology.
Maggie has volunteered her time at the UBC Brain lab which explores the psycho- neurological mechanisms underlying cognitive, affective, and stress-associated aspects of decision-making and impulsivity—specifically related to substance use disorders and concurrent mental disorders.
Maggie is also a graduate of the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts and has studied film and theatre at various studios in Vancouver for over fifteen years.
In her free time Maggie enjoys boxing, judo, snowboarding, scuba diving, art, playing guitar and dancing..
Susan McFee. MA, RCC
Susan McFee joins us as a professional who has lived experience with recovering from OCD. She is dedicated to helping people with personal growth, happiness, and overall well-being. Susan graduated from Trinity Western University in 2008 with a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology and she is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). Susan is a member of the International OCD Foundation and has completed the advanced training in Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Susan has over 14 years of experience working in the community with individuals who suffer with depression, anxiety, OCD, personality disorders, PTSD, and Substance Related and Addictive Disorders. Her approach to counselling is trauma informed and integrative. She combines Client Centred Therapy with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Client Centred Therapy stresses the value of a strong client-counsellor relationship which includes the client feeling heard, validated, and respected. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy focuses on the importance of healthy thinking, which is flexible, logical, realistic, and helpful.
I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you!
My interest in mental health and social care started at the age of sixteen when I began volunteering in my local community. After the completion of my social work degree, I worked across many different sectors including public health and education. My primary focus was to enable individuals to access services in their own communities by way of completing mental health assessments and working collaboratively with clients. My recent job role was within public health as a coordinator of mental health services. This included processing referrals and providing administrative support for many mental health programs based in North Vancouver.
In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, going for long walks and reading.
OCD Therapist: Child & Adolescent
Misha is Registered Clinical Counsellor who strives to work with children and
youth in an empathetic and client centered manner. She has over 10 years of
experience working with children in the public health sector. She is enthusiastic
about working with children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic
worrying, social anxiety, panic attacks, perfectionism, body-focused repetitive behaviors (e.g., hair pulling, skin picking), phobias, depression, and stress. She has helped them to tolerate their anxiety and live with uncertainty using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Habit Reversal Training (HRT), which is the gold-standard treatment for OCD.
Children and youth who have experienced trauma may find it difficult to
participate in traditional talk therapies. Misha uses a play therapeutic approach so clients can tell their stories and process their complex emotions. By learning how to tell their story they learn coping strategies that enables each client to see hope within their future.
Misha received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria, Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University and Master’s in counselling psychology from the University of British Columbia. Major part of her career has been spent working with children and families individually and in groups to promote optimum
mental and emotional health.
Misha has also completed the OCD training with New Heights OCD & Anxiety
Clinic and is in the process of completing the advanced training in Exposure &
Responsive Prevention (ERP) from the Centre for treatment and study of anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the International OCD Foundation.
OCD Therapist, Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCTP
Tara received her Master’s in Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University and has over 8 years of experience supporting individuals through a variety of life challenges. As a registered Clinical Counsellor, ERP Therapist, Certified Meditation Instructor, and Trauma-Informed Yoga Facilitator, Tara takes a holistic approach to counselling and wellness where she can apply a variety of modalities to therapy sessions.
Her experiences include working in numerous counselling settings private sessions, school districts, provincial prisons, non-profit organizations, First Nations Communities and BC Schizophrenia Society as a Regional Educator. In these settings she assisted adults, couples, families, children, and youth who endured various life traumas, and anxiety, depression, other life stressors and substance abuse. Tara is passionate about taking holistic, client-centred care, and an individualized approach to therapy with talk and somatic therapy pieces. Her clients value her calming and soothing presence which allows for the development of a positive therapeutic alliance.
COUNSELLING MODALITIES: CBT, Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP), DBT, Mindfulness, Exposure and Narrative therapies, as well as Certifications in Meditation Instruction, Somatic Embodiment Regulation Strategies, and specialty OCD and EMDR training.
Casey Marsh, RCC
Casey has over 15 years of experience working with adolescents in education. She has counselling experience with children, youth, and adults, addressing various concerns. Her expertise notably extends to helping clients with anxiety and depression, as well as childhood trauma. As someone who has personal experience with OCD, she deeply understands the challenges faced by those with this condition. She is passionate about helping them overcome the burdens of OCD and anxiety.
In her practice, she incorporates modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), along with elements of IFS (Internal Family Systems) and mindfulness. Above all, she approaches each client with compassion and empathy, adopting a client-centred approach and striving to build strong, authentic therapeutic relationships.
Casey is a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counselling. She holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology. Additionally, she is trained in Observed and Experienced Integration (OEI) Therapy (Level I), a method particularly effective in treating trauma. She has also completed OCD training with New Heights OCD and Anxiety Clinic and is an active member of the International OCD Foundation.
Bonnie Kuyvenhoven, MA, RCC
I am deeply passionate about facilitating growth in my clients, combining my professional expertise with a personal understanding of OCD. I believe that self-compassion is a fundamental part of the healing journey. Utilizing evidence-based interventions like Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), I adopt a client-centred approach. This empowers my clients to confront fears, develop mindfulness skills, and live in alignment with their values.
Our collaborative work will focus on cultivating mindfulness, psychological flexibility, and resilience. This empowers you to confront and overcome obsessive-compulsive patterns. Join me on this transformative journey towards healing and renewed purpose. Together, we will work towards embracing uncertainty, building resilience, and reclaiming your life from OCD.
Victoria Bae, M.Ed, RCC
With over eight years of experience as a Registered Clinical Counsellor, working in various settings, including the public healthcare sector, I am dedicated to helping individuals regain control of their lives and find relief from anxiety, OCD, depression, relationship issues, perfectionism, and trauma (including first responder, childhood, or historical experiences).
My commitment to providing the highest quality care is demonstrated through my membership with the International OCD Foundation, ensuring that my clients receive the most effective and evidence-based therapies.
I employ various therapeutic approaches tailored to each individual’s unique needs. Central to my practice are CBT and ERP, highly effective methods for treating OCD and anxiety. Additionally, I integrate DBT techniques, particularly valuable in managing the intense emotional distress often accompanying OCD. I also incorporate ACT techniques to empower individuals to live in alignment with their values, ultimately reducing the impact of OCD on their lives.
In sessions, you will find a comfortable and non-judgmental environment where you are met with acceptance, warmth, and respect. I aim to provide a safe and inclusive environment for people from all backgrounds and degrees of privilege, inspiring and motivating you to continue creating a fulfilling and authentic life.
SPECIALIZING IN THE TREATMENT OF OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
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What happy clients say
together to create a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
“During my first session with Brendon, I was blown away by how he totally got what I was going through. He has a very gentle, understanding and caring demeanor. I’ve seen therapists over the years, but in my opinion he is the best OCD. therapist on the Lower Mainland!”